Storming end to season expected in Stratford

JARROD MACBETH
Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

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The Stratford Stormers are fired up and ready to carry the chequered flag tonight at Stratford Speedway.

The team, which made a vast improvement in its presentation and racing quality at the start of the season, has been in good form for the past six months and has won several races.

The Stormers will take on the Wellington Young Guns and are keen for a victory in front of their home crowd.

"The local guys are determined to have a home-track win but the race could go either way as Wellington are well organised and are a top team.

"I am counting on the local drivers to pull everything out of their hats to ensure victory," Stratford Stormers team manager John Booker said.

"It's hard to tip cars over here but, hopefully, our guys know how to do it."

The Stormers will have a busy weekend.

After tonight's racing, they will need to repair their cars before heading to Kihikihi tomorrow morning where they will compete in a four-way teams event at the Waikato track.

The teams racing is just one of the events that will see competitors lining up on the starting grid for the final time when the Taranaki Stockcar Club hosts its last race meeting of the season.

Also on the race card is the King of the West Stockcar champs which will see a large field of drivers taking part, including those from Wellington, if they survive the teams racing.

This event isn't the only thing that some drivers in the stockcar class will be racing for. Competitors have been earning aggregate points during the season and many within the class take the season points very seriously.

Todd Duthie leads by 27 from Bevan Phillips and, with 15 points awarded for first place in a race, the trophy is well within Phillips' grasp while Tyler Walker, Haydin Barker and Mark Woods are also in the hunt.

There could be some interesting allegiances made on the night and drivers are more than likely to use their front bumpers to help their mate, whoever that may be, attempt to secure victory.

The modified class will be back on the track after several weeks away.

The six local competitors could possibly be joined by two visiting drivers tonight.

Ray Chatfield from Auckland and P J Fergusson from Rotorua were keen to come down earlier in the week but the class representative has been unable to make contact with them since.

New Plymouth driver Richard Pierce has been in good form lately and recently won the modified grand prix in Rotorua and finished third in the North Island champs at Auckland, so will start as the likely favourite.

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Others in the class, including Blair Luscombe, Farron Lowry and Paul Ward will also be racing hard for their last chance to stand on the podium.

The second Demolition Derby of the season will be run as the last event of the night. Last week the derby looked unlikely to go ahead.

After the last one on Boxing Day, where only 12 cars turned up, the club enforced a strict 20-car minimum requirement.

However, a flurry of entries just before the closing date ensured at least 20 drivers will be a part of the smash and crash action.

Adult ministocks, superstocks and midgets will round out the race programme.

- Taranaki Daily News

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